How did you get to know Grafit Holding?
After returning from the States I rested for about 3 months. The rhythm I lived in for the previous 6 years really drained me, so I allowed myself the luxury of enjoying a longer vacation. When I was ready, I went to my first interview, that was for a job at Grafit Holding, for the SovaMax project, particularly.
My interview was held in a small kitchen, because the company didn't have a separate room for interviews and meetings. At that time, the SovaMax project consisted of about 10-15 people. I liked the conditions, work schedule, decent salary, sale bonuses, and other benefits. All of that sounded promising, but most importantly – I felt that it was exactly what I needed because I had the opportunity to continue communicating in English and Spanish languages.
My career at Grafit Holding started in 2013. Back then, we had 5 people in the sales department, I was the sales representative on the Spanish and Portuguese market. After three months into work, I was awarded the promised bonus, which motivated me even more. I spent 6.5 years working in SovaMax's sales department, getting gradually promoted to positions of Senior Sales, Team Leader, Sales Manager, Senior Sales Manager, and Business Developer. I gained a completely different experience compared to America, but not less meaningful in any way. I am very lucky that my manager and mentor was the most professional and wonderful person – Cristina Vakre, who taught me absolutely everything related to sales and management, as well as about emotional and professional intelligence.
During my work at Sovamax, I managed to go on business trips to Frankfurt, Dortmund, Moscow, Bucharest, Kiev, Balti, and Madrid. The business trip to Spain was the most special one, because I went to Madrid in the morning, then went to the planned meeting, and I was back home by dinner, so I basically zipped in and zipped out. The thing I'm proudest of is that I managed to motivate my team members to evolve, grow professionally, be ambitious and faithful to the company, and be the people that ultimately take senior positions in Grafit.
I've been working for Gamaiun for one and a half years. Here I have completely different processes, I'm learning new things from incredibly smart people, and am gaining new experience.